Many Singaporean piano students are very weak when it comes to piano sight reading.
One of the main reasons is because many of them are brought up to be perfectionists. However, to be great at sight reading, being too much of a perfectionist will backfire against these local students. As a teacher, you want to guide them to focus and be perfectionist on just moving forward with the piece and keeping the rhythm. Most Singaporean students tend to over-focus on hitting the right notes, at the expense of the song’s rhythm. This is something that you need to teach students. This is particularly the case for students who may have learnt from other teachers before engaging you. You want to instill the right learning and practising method into your students.
In the video below, Tiffany shares with students how to improve their ABRSM piano sight reading. As a piano teacher yourself, you can learn from such YouTube videos and apply these tips to your students. When you get your students great results, they will stick to you. This way, you get more students and referrals. You will then be easily to grow your business and become full time and thrive financially! Thriving financially as a private home piano teacher in Singapore is super easy if you focus on adding value to students.
If you are such a student-oriented piano teacher, then you should apply to https://www.linkedin.com/company/sglearnpiano/, a locally based agency which will help you get piano students in Singapore. They are one of the better agencies in Singapore that helps teachers find students and vice versa. The only commission (to the best of my knowledge) taken by them is when they successfully match you up with a student.
Many musicians and piano enthusiasts hope to become a full time piano teacher in Singapore so they are self employed and never need to work for someone else again. This used to be a pipe dream unachievable for most Singaporeans in the past, but today, with the help of the Internet, your dreams might just come true. Let me share with you some of the most concrete steps you can take to make your full time private piano teacher dream in Singapore come true. Look forward to teaching full time on your schedule with the following tips.
You need to have a social media presence. The main reason for this is for easy referrals. Imagine if you have a student who passes your contact to another potential student. However, you only have a number as your only form of easy reference. Compare this to if you had testimonials of successful students on your Facebook page or Twitter page e.t.c. While you can get students either way, the job for you is much easier if you also have a social media presence on top of having an easily accessible contact number. This is especially the case now that you want to be a full time teacher instead of just teaching some students here and there for small money.
You need to realized that being a successful piano teacher is not just execution, but imparting of skills. You need to learn things that normal teachers need to learn – that is how to teach. Just knowing how to play the most complicated pieces out there and understanding the most complicated theories does not make you a good teacher. What makes you a good teacher is knowing how to impart the essential skills and knowledge to your student as easily and straightforward as possible. When you can do this well, referrals to you will sharply increase. Always think from the customer’s (student’s) point of view and you will likely do well. This is especially important if you want this to be your full time thing. You need to teach well for your business to boom.
Join an agency. Joining a private home piano teacher agency such as sglearnpiano.com/ will help you get additional students that you may not have ever gotten by yourself. Additionally, it is an extra way to get more students on top of your own active search and referrals. After all, they only take a cut when they refer to you a student from their database. As a self employed person, you need as many sources of potential customers as possible, and joining a piano teacher agency to get more students (who really are your customers) is essential to become successful. A great way for you to transition into a full time piano teacher in Singapore is to join such an agency while you are still a student or employed by another company. Use them to get students until you get at least $1000 to $2000 per month. Once that happens, you can safely quit your day office job and transition into a full time tutor by also making use of the other above tips.
Many people in Singapore are undecided about the best age you should learn the piano. You can even share this article in HWZ and I guarantee there will be lots of replies. They will range from, “Siao ah! No money. Singapore so expensive to live in, how do I expect me or my child to still learn the piano” to “My child has to learn since age 3 and various other tuition lessons!”.
So then, what really, is the best age that people in Singapore should learn the piano? The answer is not so clear cut, as it depends on the student’s personal goals. I will give you various different examples as follows.
If your child wants to become a piano teacher in Singapore eventually, then he or she will need to get to at least Grade 8 or Diploma level for both practical and theory segments. Keep in mind that as guys in Singapore have NS at age 18 (generally), and girls have university at 18, it is recommended that your child passes grade 8 by age 17. This is so that it does not interfere with one of the most important examinations ever in your child’s life – A levels, which is necessary to enter university. Therefore, your child should ideally learn piano around age 7 or 8, so that he or she can complete the ABRSM grade 8 exams comfortably before age 18.
If your child simply wants to learn the piano because he or she is passionate about it, then there is no need to stress him or her out by making your child go for the ABRSM piano exams. In fact, just find a teacher from a good Singapore piano teacher agency who is able to simply teach your child basic piano theory and then move on to playing his or her favorite songs. Find a good private piano teacher who is able to teach your child for leisure. For this case, it does not quite matter how old your child or you (if you are the student) learns the piano, as there is no need to be stressed out or practise excessively to pass the ABRSM examinations.
If your child or you want to become a professional pianist in future, then your child or you should start now! This is because becoming a professional pianist requires tons of practice and years of experience. Even Mozart had to practise for years before he reached his level of expertise. This is no longer a question of age, but a question of how much experience and how much right effort you put into your piano practice sessions. Now is the youngest you will ever be, so start now to realize your dreams earlier.
Piano lessons and learning the piano in Singapore does not necessarily come cheap, and let us look further into this.
Firstly, if your child wishes to take and pass the ABRSM piano exams, then it is important for you to find a piano teacher in Singapore for your child instead of him or her doing self learning. In this case, you should know the rough cost per month for grade 1 is around $140 and it is around $300 for grade 8. The teacher’s pay is one of the key financial costs when it comes to learning the piano. If you are searching for a good private home piano teacher in Singapore, then get one from www.sglearnpiano.com/about.
Secondly, another big cost when it comes to learning the piano in Singapore is the purchase of the piano. You cannot master playing the instrument without lots of constant practice. This means that unless you have a piano at home, it is nearly impossible to become great at the instrument! It is imperative that you get a piano so that your child can pass the ABRSM piano exams with ease by being able to practise daily. Of course, a new, first-hand upright piano costs approximately $8000 to $15000. A second hand, upright piano costs approximately $4000 to $10000. It really depends, but for the lower grades, you need not get the highest grade one for your child to practise on if you are concerned about the cost. Additionally, some children may not want to learn all the way to grade 8, so there is no need to splurge on the highest end instrument right from the start if you want to save some money.
Thirdly, there is yearly maintenance of the piano. While this does not cost much, it is something that you should take note of. Thankfully, it usually costs only between $80 to $200 per year.
Finally, there are both theory and practical ABRSM music books you need to purchase for your child to learn and pass the ABRSM examinations in Singapore. The private piano teacher you hire for your child’s lessons will help you purchase the necessary books, but you will need to reimburse the teacher afterwards for these costs.
A lot of Singaporean students are worried about passing their ABRSM aural examinations. Here are some tips to help you ace the aural segment of your piano exam!
Something that many music students in Singapore may not be aware of for their ABRSM aural exams is that a distinction is only given to confident responses. On the other hand, even if you hit almost all the notes correctly, but sound cautious, worried and scared, you will not score a distinction. A little known marking criteria for aural is confidence level. So, sound as though you truly believe in your answer and answer without hesitation.
Next of all, pitch is actually far more important than vocal quality. The examiner you meet on the day itself in the piano studio should adapt to your vocal range. When it comes to singing, you want to practise at home singing simple phrases and then increasing the pitch range gradually for these simple phrases. Make sure to support your singing with your diaphragm and feel it contract as you sing. By practising in this manner, you will be able to get more confidence in your singing abilities eventually, and you will be able to perform during the piano ABRSM exam day itself. However, if lack of confidence is still always a major problem for your aural segment for your piano exam, then practise your singing in front of other people. It is far better to embolden yourself by embarrassing yourself in front of others, instead of failing in front of the examiner.
You need to know that the examinations always follow an exact formula. If you know what type of questions will be asked before it is actually asked, it will help to calm you down and make you feel more prepared.
For more information, please refer to the following video.